Archive for the ‘movies’ Category



Friday, January 22nd, 2010

My little movie “Playground” got featured on a terrific blog called PlayGroundology. It’s all about, yes, playgrounds. LIke it you will.

PlayGroundology screenshot

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Last weekend we carved a couple of pumpkins for Halloween and, as per the usual, I documented it thoroughly. Each of the kids made up a face and drew it onto a pumpkin, and then I carved them. The movie was made by shooting 662 still images with a timer set to take a picture every five seconds. When this was done it was edited together using Quicktime and Adobe Premiere. The music is The Vanguards’ 1963 version of “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg.
Happy Halloween all y’all.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I totally forgot about this. I wrapped up work on the Roscoe Riley series last Spring and book seven was just published a couple of weeks ago. So now you can get the whole series and read it as you would Harry Potter. Kind of.
Seven Roscoe Rileys
Also, since it’s Friday and I have lots of other work I should be doing, I decided to procrastinate spend some time making this little movie to commemorate the completion of the series.

I shot it with my iPhone clamped to a tripod. This works quite well and I’m afraid I’m seeing the end of my affinity for using tape-based video cameras. Anyone want a barely-used HiDef Sony HV20?

The music was made in Ableton Live with the Synplant synthesizer, which I can’t get enough of.

Seven Roscoe Rileys from Brian Biggs on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I’m in Arkansas for a while this month. I get a little stir-crazy when I don’t have my studio and stuff around me so as to make the things I make. I’ve got some deadlines so I am working, mainly out of the public library here in Fayetteville. I borrowed my brother-in-law’s video camera and made a little ha ha movie on Sunday evening. Hopefully more to come during this trip.

The video was recorded with Boinx iStopMotion and edited in Adobe Premiere. The music was made with Ableton Live and the Microtonic drum machine. Aaah. Technology.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

This lovely Spring day makes me think of bicycles. So I thought I’d post a movie taken last September of me.

Moments later, redemption.

Monday, August 18th, 2008

This last Saturday, Wilson, Elliot and I volunteered at the kids’ old school to help build their new playground. When we arrived I was quite surprised to find hundreds of volunteers from the Wharton School of Business and Kaboom.org there to build as well.
The entire thing was completed in seven hours. We started building around 9:00am and we finished around 4:00pm.
I brought a camera, tethered it to my laptop via Firewire, and used iStopMotion to record about one frame every ten seconds. I made a little soundtrack with Ableton Live and the result was posted here. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Another oldie but goodie. I posted a movie I made in 2002 that’s basically my 1993 graphic novel Frederick & Eloise set to music with me narrating. It was done for a special comix event at the Prince Music Theatre. I really enjoyed creating this thing and I think that the book actually lacks for not having music. I met Tin Hat Trio at a concert in 2003 and gave them a DVD with the movie on it, and asked them if it was ok that I used their music. Rob Burger answered in the affirmative. It’s here in the animation department.

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Went out riding with the kids this last Saturday. Then I spent some time with Wilson yesterday in my new Premiere CS3 checking out the features. We remapped the time and sped things up, added titles, and imported a new version of an older tune. See it all here. If you aren’t happy with Vimeo, see it on Youtube as well. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

I’ve been meaning to start posting my animations and videos to YouTube and Vimeo, and finally took the plunge with the video I made for One Ring Zero back in 2005. It’s a song called Stop Metric Madness. They used it on their DVD, Addendum. Take a look.

One Ring Zero: Stop Metric Madness from Brian Biggs on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

The new issue of Make Magazine came in the mail today and beginning on page 51, you’ll find a 30-frame flipbook animation that I drew. A bird becomes an ornithopter becomes a flying guy. Here’s a link to a little quicktime movie of the animation. Finally, all those years of drawing in the margins of my textbooks in school pay off…

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